Usability and Acceptability of a Comprehensive HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevention App

  • Blanca Rodríguez Vargas
  • Javier Sánchez-Rubio FerrándezEmail author
  • Jorge Garrido Fuentes
  • Reyes Velayos
  • Ramón Morillo Verdugo
  • Ferrán Sala Piñol
  • Alberto Onteniente González
  • Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Sagrado
Mobile & Wireless Health
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  1. Mobile & Wireless Health


The Preparadxs app was designed to enhace the prevention of the HIV and other sexually transmitted infections transmission through the empowerment of the user. The purpose of this study is to determine the usability and perception about the app among real users. In this prospective cross-sectional study all app end-users were asked to answer the System Usability Scale and question regarding app capability to reduce sexually transmitted infections in the future. Influence of several variables (gender identity, educational level and digital native condition) was explored. A total of 69 users answered the survey during study period. Most of them were male and had university studies. Final usability score was 80,8 points which means a good, near excellent usability. No differences in usability scores were observed regarding to gender identity, native condition or educational level. Most users were strongly agree (56,5%) or agree (28,9%) with app potential to reduce the incidence of HIV and other STIs in the future.


Mobile applications Usability HIV Sexually transmitted infections User acceptance 



The development of the app was possible thanks to research grants from the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacy and the National Plan on AIDS.

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Conflict of Interest

Dr. Sánchez-Rubio has received a speaker honorarium from Gilead, ViiV healthcare, MSD, Celgene and BMS. Dr. Rodriguez Sagrado has received a speaker honorarium from Janssen, Sandoz, Gilead, MerckSerono, Biogen, Novartis, Intercept, Abbvie, ViiV y MSD. Dr. Morillo has received an educational grant from Gilead. Dr. Rodríguez Vargas, Dr. Onteniente, Dr. Sala, Miss Velayos and Mr. Garrido declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

All individual participants consented to participate in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blanca Rodríguez Vargas
    • 1
  • Javier Sánchez-Rubio Ferrández
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jorge Garrido Fuentes
    • 3
  • Reyes Velayos
    • 3
  • Ramón Morillo Verdugo
    • 4
  • Ferrán Sala Piñol
    • 5
  • Alberto Onteniente González
    • 6
  • Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Sagrado
    • 7
  1. 1.Pharmacy ServiceInfanta Cristina University HospitalMadridSpain
  2. 2.Pharmacy ServiceGetafe University HospitalMadridSpain
  3. 3.Apoyo PositivoMadridSpain
  4. 4.Pharmacy ServiceValme University HospitalSevillaSpain
  5. 5.Pharmacy ServiceGermans Trias i Pujol University HospitalBadalonaSpain
  6. 6.Pharmacy ServiceGetafe University HospitalMadridSpain
  7. 7.Pharmacy ServiceRamon y Cajal University HospitalMadridSpain

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